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PETA’s X-Rated State Of The Union Undress Opens People’s Eyes To Animal Suffering

PETA’s X-Rated State Of The Union Undress Opens People’s Eyes To Animal Suffering

It’s not the one we will hear from President Obama Wednesday night.  PETA’s 2010 State of the Union Undress, in which a woman strips while making a rousing speech about all the progressive actions for animals in 2009—and all the work that remains to be done in the coming years—proves, once again, that when you want to get a message across, nothing beats nudity.

 

It’s a shame that it has to be this way. Although many courageous and compassionate men and women will voluntarily take their clothes off to attract attention for causes they care about, much as Lady Godiva once did, they should not have to. The facts alone should be compelling enough to make the media and the public sit up and take notice.

 

But in tabloid America, it takes more than iron-clad facts and heart-breaking footage of animal abuse to compete with celebrity gossip, political scandals, and high-profile sports stories. Like it or not, sex sells, and racy, provocative actions reach people more than straightforward news stories.

 

When you think about it, it takes silly shenanigans, sex scandals, and controversial stunts to make many celebrities stand out. What chance do “ordinary” individuals have to convince others to watch depressing videos, listen to sobering facts, and change behaviors that they don’t necessarily wish to change? PETA has learned from experience that simply pleading with the media to report on cruelty to animals is ineffective. It often takes colorful and controversial tactics to grab headlines and motivate people to take action.

 

During the State of the Union Undress, PETA’s representative tries to titillate the audience, playfully holding their attention while educating them about serious issues like animal experimentation, factory farms, fur, and circuses.  If even one person changes just one habit that harms animals after watching the powerful footage (set to John Feldmann’s “Free Me”) which follows the speech, we’ll be one step closer to a kinder nation. (If you’re under 18, or you simply don’t wish to watch the State of the Union Undress, you can still watch the “Free Me” video on PETATV.)

 

Not surprisingly, PETA’s third-annual State of the Union Undress is attracting widespread attention and captivating countless viewers. While not everyone agrees with the tactics, few people will argue that the video isn’t reaching people who might otherwise turn a blind eye to animal suffering.

 

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1:20PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Thank you for article.

1:19PM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Thank you for article.

11:04AM PDT on Mar 18, 2010

Life's short. Play naked!!! LOL

11:22PM PST on Feb 17, 2010

Wow Amber,
@Ok, you have to have been living under a rock to not know what goes on in slaughter houses or "fur factories".

Are you really saying that since YOU know a thing, then EVERYBODY knows that thing?

Ummm, I wonder what you think of ME, considering I've lived more than a couple of decades WITHOUT knowing (or even thinking about) what happens in slaughter houses and fur factories.

I've only recently become aware of the attocities, and I bet I'm older than you.

It doesn't matter if you like PETA or not. Are you SURE their state of the union undress DIDN'T fulfill it's purpose?

If it did, that would be the same as "stopping it," for those people it affected.

Cheers!

1:16PM PST on Feb 13, 2010

The human body is nothing to be ashamed of. Plenty of people trip for worse reasons than this and it least this is to draw attention to an important issue

1:39AM PST on Feb 10, 2010

Amber. You're annoying and wasting everyones time. Are you 13?
Glad to see your on this site reading worthy articles at such a young age, but may be research a little more about PETA before you comment publicly and demean the message of this piece.

3:58PM PST on Feb 8, 2010

Amber, no, by the way, I don't look like Christy T and never will. I am just curious as to what the fuss is all about. Thats all.

3:36PM PST on Feb 8, 2010

Something PETA really should take to heart - http://www.examiner.com/x-35783-Atlanta-Animal-Welfare-Examiner~y2010m2d2-A-modest-proposal--PETA-should-euthanize-only-animatronic-dogs-and-cats

2:35PM PST on Feb 8, 2010

Thanks for the post.

3:04PM PST on Feb 7, 2010

Amber, that was not my ONLY debate. But you too, then are assuming something about me.

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